Hot Java

After-hours fun is, at times, a merely theoretical possibility in Jakarta, with the city's notorious traffic snarls making you want to turn back to the hotel before you've even reached the club. But now, something resembling an entertainment zone has emerged, concentrating shopping, dining and drinking choices within walking distance and giving travelers the no-tears nightlife they've been missing. It began with the 2005 opening of the Arcadia bar-and-restaurant complex behind the Plaza Senayan mall. Then, last September, another retail center, Senayan City, opened across the road from the mall. Factor in nearby hotel accommodation—the five-star Mulia Senayan is a short...

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